I am passionate about knowing how people develop language proficiency.
I enjoy teaching not only Japanese language but the content areas related to Japan and people there. It is very interesting to discuss various issues in Japan with students from various cultures and countries at MIIS. It enables me to see my own country from broader perspectives.
Second language acquisition (I am particularly interested in the pragmatic and grammatical development among learners of Japanese.)
Foreign language pedagogy
Completion of my PhD dissertation (2014)
Presentation of my research on the acquisition of subject referential forms among learners of Japanese at SLRF (Second Language Research Forum, 2013) and ASPAC (Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast, 2013) conferences.
My career as an instructor of Japanese started at Indiana University, where I obtained MA and PhD degrees. Before the current engagement at MIIS, I taught Japanese at Santa Clara University.
PhD in Linguistics at Indiana University, Bloomington
MA in TESOL and Applied Linguistics at Indiana University, Bloomington
BA in English and American at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies
Takeuchi, M. (2014). Subject referential expressions and encoding of referential status in L2 narrative discourse by L1-English learners of Japanese. Doctoral Dissertation, Indiana University.
Takeuchi, M. (2010). The Perception of Geminate Stops by L1 English Learners of Japanese. Indiana University Linguistics Club Working Papers Online, Vol. 10.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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JALA8241 - Navigating Japan I
This course has two major goals: One is to develop functional Japanese language skills which can be used in a number of settings one would encounter in everyday life of Japan. The other is to familiarize students with unique features of Japanese society and culture recognized in the same settings selected for the study of language skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of written and video materials as input and given opportunities for creative language production such as pair/group dialogues, speech, discussion, message writings, and presentations. Some basic structures and kanji kanji compound will be focused and studied in class.
Fall 2016 - MIIS
JALA8251 - Navigating Japan II
This course aims to develop functional Japanese language skills while studying the features of Japanese society and culture. Among the unique features of Japan, we will focus on ‘Entertainment in Japan’ and ‘Building Social Relationship in Japan’ this semester. Students will continue studying basic grammar/ structures and new vocabulary in order to expand their communication skills and increase reading/writing capacity. Major class activities include reading of passages including some authentic ones, video viewing, pair/group dialogues, discussions, message writings, kanji studies, and presentations.
Spring 2017 - MIIS
JALA8271 - Exploring Japan I
This course has two major goals: One is to develop functional Japanese language skills to be used for leading everyday life in Japan and exchanging their views on the social/cultural subjects selected in class. The other is to explore content areas on the selected features of Japan, such as nature and geography, family environment, and community environment. Students will be exposed to a variety of written and video materials as input and given opportunities for creative language production such as discussion, interviewing, essay writings, and presentations. Some intermediate grammar and kanji kanji compound will be focused and studied in class.
Fall 2016 - MIIS
JALA8281 - Exploring Japan II
This course aims to develop functional Japanese language skills through exploring the features of Japanese society and culture. Among the unique features of Japan, we will focus on the three topics this semester, Japanese Youth, Communication Styles in Japan, and Current News. Students will continue developing intermediate grammatical structures and vocabulary in order to expand the volume and fluency of their speech and increase the reading/writing capacity on various every day and social/cultural topics. Major class activities include reading of passages including some authentic ones, video viewing, pair/group dialogues, discussions, essay/message writings, kanji studies, and presentations.
Spring 2017 - MIIS
JALA8341 - Aspects of Japanese Society
This is an intermediate/advanced Japanese language course that is designed to further develop oral and written communication skills through the study of various topics of current Japanese society. The students will read authentic news articles, magazines, websites, etc., of their choice, and/or watch/listen to authentic TV/radio programs, engage in group and class discussions, use the language in the actual research in interview, questionnaire, and/or email survey, and present the findings of their research formally. Through these activities, the students will enlarge their vocabulary, including the knowledge on the kanji compound words as well while deepening the understanding of current-day Japan. All four skills will be developed to increase overall proficiency and grammatical accuracy, which will be accomplished through language exercises in class and as homework assignments, frequent reading and writing exercises, and writing up a research report with multiple drafts. Students are assumed to know at least 500 kanji and their combinations and to have good foundation on basic grammar structures.
Fall 2015 - MIIS
JALA8344 - Japan-SoftPower &YoungGeneratn
This course is designed for students with knowledge of basic grammatical structures and about 500 kanji and their combinations. It aims to deepen understanding of Japanese society and culture while enhancing Japanese communication skills. The overall theme of the course is Japan’s Soft Power. We will look into some of the current soft power Japan utilizes and how Japan could exercise it more effectively as a means to increase its international presence. Particularly, we will examine some of Japan’s cultural products that are popular among young generation, such as anime, manga, computer games, and pop music to discuss their characteristics, uniqueness, and reasons of popularity. Students will read articles from various sources and discuss the current trend of those cultural products and their influence on youth, domestic and beyond, analyzing the role of Japanese soft power in the international society. Study of intermediate and advanced grammar and expressions will be integrated into the course work.
Spring 2016 - MIIS
JALA8385 - ModernJapanSociety-NewMovemnts
This course aims to develop advanced Japanese communication skills while examining a number of current changes that are taking place in the Japanese society. Topics will include, but not limited to, the decrease of population, poverty, the recent change of the security policy with its related protests, and educational reform. Students will examine a wide variety of resources such as newspaper articles, online news, magazines, and news broadcasts, through which to learn and analyze these social phenomena. At the same time, we will examine and discuss what sorts of measures the Japanese government is taking or could take to cope with these changes. Advanced grammar, reading and writing strategies, and professional presentation skills will be integrated into the course work.
Spring 2016 - MIIS
JALA8444 - EnergyEnviroment&NewTechnology
This course aims to develop professional/academic Japanese communication skills through studying the topic “Energy, Environment, and New Technologies of Japan.” We will specifically focus on the energy and energy-related environmental issues that Japan has been experiencing since 2011. The subtopics to be discussed include the energy challenges and related policies that Japan has been implementing; the arguments on the use of nuclear power taking place since the Fukushima disaster; the deregulation of electric power that started in April, 2016 and the impact it has on the society; and the new technologies for sustainable energy sources and green environments as a solution to the problems, We study and analyze these issues through extensive reading/listening to authentic resources such as newspaper articles, magazines, online articles, TV programs, etc. Studies of advanced grammar, strategic reading and writing, and professional presentation skills are integrated in the course work.
Fall 2016 - MIIS
JALA8445 - Japan’s Public Diplomacy
This course aims to develop professional/academic Japanese communication skills while studying the subject, “The potential of Japan’s public diplomacy: the roles of cultural and business activities.” Public diplomacy, translated as????? or ???? in Japanese, is a diplomatic strategy pursued by various parties, such as the government, non-governmental organizations, private companies to communicate and engage meaningfully with foreign public and thereby develop better diplomatic relationships. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan has been looking to the impact of practicing public diplomacy, hoping that Japan’s cultural and technological capabilities could create strong appeals overseas, which would eventually help enhance Japan’s diplomatic capacity. In this course, we will study, analyze, and discuss (1) what is “public diplomacy,” (2) what resources Japan could utilize to implement public diplomacy, focusing on the cultural and business activities, and (3) whether and how Japan can make use of the potential to improve diplomatic relations with other countries. Students will be asked to extensively read/watch authentic resources such as newspaper articles, magazines, online articles, TV programs, etc. to explore the subject. Study of advanced grammar, expressions and idioms, strategical reading and writing, professional presentation skills are integrated into the course work.
Spring 2017 - MIIS
JALA8491 - Understanding Japan
This course aims to develop professional/academic Japanese communication skills while studying topical issues of Japan. The overarching theme of the course is “the year 2015, how Japan is changing.” The controversial issues and changes in Japanese government’s defense policy and diplomatic stance with its neighboring countries will be discussed in the first half of the course. The second half will focus on the social and technological changes that are and will be occurring towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Students regularly read/listen to relevant editorials and articles written by experts, analyze and discuss the issues, and write their opinions. Students are also given opportunities to engage in research on the topic of their interests and deepen their understanding.
Fall 2015 - MIIS